Antonio Conte has aimed a not-so-subtle swipe at the Chelsea board over the apparent lack of transfer investment compared to the club’s Premier League rivals (via The Metro).

It’s pretty obvious that Manchester City are the best side in the Premier League right now.

Pep Guardiola’s men have won 19 of their 20 matches in all competitions and have enough strength in reserve to rest key players whenever they chose.

Part of that is down to how much money the club has spent in recent seasons and now, Antonio Conte has claimed as much and used the opportunity to take a swipe at the Chelsea board for not doing the same.

“Manchester City’s path is incredible, no? I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team,” Conte said.

“Also last season, Manchester City were a fantastic team. Then, after the transfer market, they bought their first targets and then they have improved a lot.

“They can do this also in January maybe and in the future. For this reason, we must be worried because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and make the best decisions in the market.

“If you want to reach something important it’s very important to have a good balance.”

Manchester City spent over £210 million in the summer as well as another £350 million in the two seasons before that.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will recoup over £160 million of the £180 million they spent in the summer once the transfer of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid goes through.


Antonio Conte certainly has a point but few clubs on the planet can compete with Manchester City in terms of spending. There is just too much money at the club to out-spend so Chelsea’s attempts to out-think rival clubs in the transfer market is the only real solution.

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